Time to Talk Day – what’s it all about?

Time to Talk Day is a campaign to help to end mental health stigma and discrimination- it was launched in 2014 by Time to Change.

Time to Talk Day 2022 is run, in partnership with Co-op, by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, in England. The campaign runs across the UK, with SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and See Me in Scotland, Inspire and Change Your Mind in Northern Ireland and Time to Change Wales.

We all have mental health – it is an intrinsic part of our overall wellbeing - and by talking openly about it, we can help ourselves and others. The purpose of Time to Talk Day is to encourage people to have open conversations about mental health with their friends, family and work colleagues. Doing this helps to create supportive communities – communities where every person feels seen, heard, safe to open up about how they feel and to ask for help when they need it

Open conversations about mental health not only have the power to change lives- they can save lives. Recent research led by Time to Talk shows how important open conversations are to support mental health and wellbeing, for everyone.

Co-op are raising £8m for Mind, SAMH and Inspire – all with the purpose of bringing together communities to improve mental wellbeing. Along with delivering Time to Talk Day 2022, these vital funds are helping to provide new mental health and wellbeing support services in over 50 local communities across the UK.

Why talking is important

We know that one in four people will experience symptoms of mental ill health in any given year.

The impact of mental ill health affects all of us because even if we do not personally experience symptoms of mental ill health, we all know someone who struggles – we probably all know someone who is struggling right now.

Talking about mental health openly helps reduces stigma and discrimination, it helps break down barriers and it helps to create supportive communities where everyone feels safe to talk openly about mental health. This means that more people will be able to ask for help when they need it.

That’s why opening up the conversation about mental health problems is so important – by talking about it we can support ourselves and others.

Within the workplace this has never been more important – more people than ever before are experiencing symptoms of mental ill health and there is an increasing responsibility upon organisations and business leaders to create mentally healthy workplaces – where everyone feels safe and supported to experience the best possible mental health and wellbeing. Employers have a legal and a moral duty to ensure that work is not causing or contributing to mental ill health – and it all starts with creating the conditions where people can talk openly about how they feel and know that they will not be judged.

However you do it, have a conversation about mental health- and not just on Time to Talk Day – every day.

Contact the MHIB team to find out how we can help you to create a psychologically safe and healthy workplace.


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